Pacific Crest Trail SOBO Southern 1/2, Part 25

Day 51 October 13, 2017 Cooler Water Camp – Idyllwild Road Walk to Town 17-18 miles/7.5hrs   The raging wind wakes me at midnight. Trees sway in their windy dance above. I’m grateful to have by chance chosen the right side of the boulder to set camp. I am utterly protected by this warm desert wind shifting the chill I experienced the night prior to a sleep so … more


Pacific Crest Trail Southern 1/2 SOBO, Part 24

Day 49 October 11, 2017 Couch Camp – Didn’t make it to Whitewater Preserve but that’s OK Camp 33.6 miles/12 hours   I am too tired to write. Epic day. All I can say is 24 gallon water cache, I met a wonderful fast and strong SOBO named Boomer from Germany and it was a long, long day.   Goodnight.     Day 50 October 12, 2017 Cow … more


Pacific Crest Trail SOBO Southern 1/2, Part 23

Day 47 October 9, 2017 Quiet Camp – Big Bear Nero 6.9 miles/2 hrs 15′   I still don’t know if I walked through a closed section of trail to the eventual highway.  Seemed that way when I arrived at the road but there was no indication I was breaking laws coming south through the forest. Oh well. You do the best you can.   I wake to … more


PCT SOBO Southern 1/2, Part 22

Day 45 October 7, 2017 RV Camp – Sweet Desert Camp 27 miles/10hrs   We’re up around 6am and proceed to speak very, very loud. Ina nor I are morning people but hell when your camping neighbours keep you up into the wee hours of night/morning with music/talking/being what else can you do but try to wake them up in the morning while you get your shit together … more


Pacific Crest Trail SOBO Southern 1/2, Part 21

October 5, 2017 Day 43 Wrightwood – Dry Creekbed Camp 25.7 miles/8hrs 45′   The sister of Ina’s friend offers to drive us back to the trailhead.  Another wonderful Wrighwood local, born and raised. Mary picks us up just after 6am. We drive into the massive full moon up the two lane highway. Twenty minutes later we are walking South on the PCT. I can hardly believe me … more


Pacific Crest Trail SOBO Southern 1/2, Part 20

Day 41 October 3, 2017 Exposed Ridge Camp – Manzanita Bush Camp just North of Mt.Williamson 10.5hrs/?miles (many miles!)   What a night. What a f**king night. The first time I wake is from the flap-flap-flaping of the tent vestibule that’s come un-staked. I hear this through my very efficient ear plugs. Which is precisely when I realize I am socked in with mist. It feels like I’m … more


Pacific Crest Trail SOBO Southern 1/2, Part 19

Day 39 October 1, 2017 Casa de Luna – KOA Campground, Acton 34-35 miles/10hrs 50′   7:30am start is pretty stellar considering I awake at Casa de Luna, have a a nice omelette, toast and ample coffee ℅ Joe, and am now back at the trailhead I left one and a half days ago. Which is funny because it seems like a month ago. Which is just how … more


Pacific Crest Trail SOBO Southern 1/2, Part 18

Day 37 September 29, 2017 Horsecamp – Casa de Luna 33.5 miles/11hrs (including the 2 miles EXTRA I did (yes, I did…) when I walked the WRONG WAY at the road junction to Casa de Luna…and then back to the trail to go the RIGHT WAY…)   We all creep out of our little dens or cowboy camping patches of earth early. Very early. The stirring begins at … more


Pacific Crest Trail SOBO Southern 1/2, Part 17

Day 35 September 27, 2017 Highway 58 – Tylerhorse Canyon Creek 24.8 miles/9 hrs 20′   Wasn’t going to walk this morning but, heck, it’s my Birthday, so let’s go. There’s no way I’m spending this day in a hotel room. Happy to walk. Exposed, hot, dry and lonely, endless windmills and lots of climbing with many miles of washed out trail. Happy Birthday. There is no other … more


Pacific Crest Trail SOBO Southern 1/2, Part 16

Day 33 September 25, 2017 Big Rock Camp – Dirt Road Camp After Wind Farm Climb 31.5 miles/11hrs 25′   I’m surprised how cold it is this morning. I walk fast to warm up the body, wearing everything I have. Enter sunshine. Layers are stripped off. I walk and eat my last trail magic apple from Cherokee and JD into the warmth of day. This extra food makes … more

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